Our social impact is not separate from our environmental impact. In fact, the two are woven together just like our apparel. Local manufacturing is the foundation of both, as it advances all three pillars of sustainability—environmental, social, and economic.
At Karukinka, we do more than pay fair wages and ensure a safe working environment. From the men who sheer the sheep, to the individuals who spin the yarn, to the women’s co-op who knit components of our apparel, we value their craftspersonship and work in unison with our community to ensure that our traditions are not lost. We invest in our culture and in our people. They are at the core of everything we do.
And our commitment to the environment is as strong as our commitment to our community.
One of the greatest sources of plastic pollution around the planet is the fast fashion industry. The retail price of fast fashion fails to reflect the true cost to the planet. Their clothing is primarily made of petroleum-based fibers that are not biodegradable and release microplastics into the world’s oceans every year. This low-cost encourages consumers to buy more and dispose of their clothing faster.
We also consider the materials that we use in our apparel. Our natural fibers are environmentally sustainable, as they are renewable, biodegradable and carbon-neutral, and they can be used without depleting or damaging the environment.We pair natural fibers with Polartec fabric that is made of 50% recycled P.E.T plastic. And we reuse our fabric scraps to make small accessories (coming soon!).
As a slow fashion brand committed to limited production, a vertically integrated supply chain, and a focus on craftspersonship and quality, Karukinka is paving the way for a new approach to fashion and function that helps you look good and feel good.
Stay tuned for a buyback program to give your well-loved Karukinka item a new life.
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